06.03.2019 – 30.03.2019
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive at where we started
And know the place for the first time
– TS Eliot, “Little Gidding”, Four Quartets
When Deborah Bell creates an image in bronze or on a piece of paper, she is not simply making a work of art, she is making a magical object. A magical object is one that has the capacity to bring about a change in the creator or the viewer or even events in the world by drawing on mysterious or supernatural forces. What these mysterious or supernatural forces are goes to the very mystery of the universe and it is not the ambition of this short introduction – or indeed of Deborah Bell – to attempt to define these forces. Our definitions will never be more than metaphors, fictions used to stand for the wonder of the known and unknown worlds, both of which run through all things like a double helix – from the quietly humming atom to the most spectacular explosion in cosmic space.
For more information regarding this exhibition and for more information on Deborah Bell as well as her collection Enthroned please visit the Everard Read website.